ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Near the beginning of every calendar year, the current President of the United States delivers their State of the Union Address, typically falling on a Tuesday.

Fittingly, Russell Wilson, who might as well be the president of the Broncos’ offense, holds his own State of the Union with his side of the ball on Tuesdays. However, there are a few differences between Wilson’s and the POTUS’ addresses.

Instead of Wilson’s being an annual address, it’s a weekly one. Instead of it being an address to the rest of his team, it’s more of a review session incorporating the entire offense. And instead of it being open for the world to see, it’s a closed-door meeting.

“They do a great job; everybody is so wired in and so focused. A lot of the guys have watched the film already and they’re prepared. I kind of call it—it’s a review session rather than a dissertation,” Wilson said, opening up about this meeting for the first time. “I want to know from those guys. ‘Some of you guys have played these guys, some of you may not have.’ Here’s this. What do you see on film? It’s great communication. The players do a great job of it, and there’s so much great knowledge in the room with those guys.”

It’s not a coincidence the meeting falls on a Tuesday. And, no, it’s not because that’s when the President of the United States holds their address. It’s because that’s the players only off day during the season. Wilson said the meeting is voluntary, “but every guy usually comes in.” When a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback has a meeting, it’s important to show up. It’s another example of how the nine-time Pro Bowler is changing the culture in Denver and getting complete buy-in from his teammates, despite the extra work.

The people that don’t show up are the coaches and the defense as the meeting is player-led and only with the offensive players. Sorry Nathaniel Hackett, this meeting isn’t for you.

“It’s just offense. Every once in a while, you’ll see a defensive player peak their head in. It’s like, ‘Hey, okay,’ so that’s always fun,” Wilson joked on Wednesday.

Much like America’s State of the Union, Wilson’s meetings have been going on for quite some time, although not quite as long as the President’s.

“I’ve been doing it since my rookie year,” Wilson said, going all the way back to 2012. “It’s been great. I think it’s something I wanted to make sure I did every Tuesday—just to spend time with guys, make sure we go over the film, make sure we go over the personnel, making sure we know the fronts, making sure we know what their pressure looks are and who their pressure guys are. All that information—who the head coach is, where he comes from, what’s his discipleship and where the defensive coordinator is from. All that information is important.”

Wilson and his teammates have preached the past few months how important it is that players take initiative and have their own meetings without coaches. The weekly State of the Union is a perfect example of that.

On a typical week, players won’t officially start looking at their next opponent until Wednesday, when they return from their Tuesday off day. However, the Broncos’ offense gets a one day head start thanks to their leader’s weekly State of the Union.

As for if there are hard copies of the meetings, well, that’s top-secret.

“That might be confidential information,” Wilson said with a laugh.

Author

Zac Stevens was born and raised in Denver, went to the University of Denver and now covers the Denver Broncos. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from DU in 2014, Zac worked for the Cleveland Browns as a remote scout. He then jumped straight into the journalism industry at the beginning of 2016 covering the reigning world-champion Broncos and joined DNVR soon after. Catch him on Twitter @ZacStevensDNVR and daily on the DNVR Broncos podcast as the co-host.

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